|Maxwell "Max" Meigel|
|Noted Subjects: |
Music Theory, Math Computation, German Language
|Current Collegiate Team||Truman State University (2009- )|
|Past Collegiate Teams||N/A|
|High School Team||William Fremd High School (2005-09)|
|Middle School Team||None|
Max joined the Fremd Scholastic Bowl team in the fall of 2006, during his sophomore year. He was a starter for the junior varsity team in the 2006-07 season and helped the team to win the Mid-Suburban League (MSL) Frosh-Soph Conference Championship in 2007. Max's most significant single contribution to the team's season came in the semifinal match of the 2007 Wheaton North Falcon Invitational, as Max's timely answer gave Fremd the final toss-up and the match. Max was also a member of the frosh-soph team that played as Fremd C in the 2007 Fremd Varsity Invitational tournament. Fremd C was the only Fremd team to advancement to the afternoon rounds of that tournament.
The following fall, Max joined the Varsity team, earning a spot as a consistent starter in the 2007-08 season, often serving as B-team captain when not playing with the A team at invitational tournaments. Max, under captain Sam Stejskal and seniors Jake How and Rossen Rashkov, helped the Fremd team to win their MSL division and finish Runners-Up in the 2008 Conference Championship. This year, the Fremd team also won back its Regional Championship title. In the 2008-09 season, Max was joined by his former junior varsity teammates, and their previous successes had given them high hopes for the season. In a season marked by invitational placings, an MSL Conference title, and a Regional title, Max's State tournament ambitions were cut short by losses to Stevenson and Buffalo Grove at the Sectional tournament. Despite Max being the only senior starting player for Fremd, the team lost by only a single point to State-qualifier Stevenson. After the conclusion of the IHSA state tournament, Max helped MSL West to defeat MSL East in the Conference All-Stars match.
Max returned in the 2009-2010 season to act as an assistant coach for Fremd B at the New Trier Varsity.
During Max's tenure with Fremd's Scholastic Bowl program, he helped his teams win the following titles: 2007 MSL Frosh-Soph Division Champions, 2007 MSL Frosh-Soph Conference Champions, 2008 MSL Varsity Division Champions, 2008 Illinois Masonic Regional Consolation Champions, 2008 IHSA Regional Champions, 2009 MSL Varsity Division Champions, 2009 Varsity Conference Champions, 2009 MSL All-Stars Champions, 2009 IHSA Regional Champions.
Max joined Truman State's Academic Competition Organization in the fall of 2009; however, conflicts with the Truman State University Statesmen Marching Band's schedule deterred him from participating in any quiz bowl events until January 2010, making his collegiate debut as a member of Truman B at ACF Winter. Max and teammate Kyle Goff led Truman D in points at the 2010 Midwest SCT. Max also helped to organize, and wrote questions for, the 2010 Truman Bowl II, held at Truman State University on March 27, 2010.
Awards and Honors
- Mid-Suburban League All-Star, March 2009
- FHS Most Spirited Award, April 2009
- FHS Most Dedicated Award, April 2009
Max served as Drum Major of the Viking Marching Band at Fremd High School from 2007-2009, and for the Fremd Hawaii Band in the spring of 2009. Max also played trumpet in jazz and symphonic ensembles for four years in high school, with three years spent in the Fremd Wind Symphony (the school's elite concert band) and two in the Jazz Ensemble (the elite jazz group). Max's musical exploits also included founding and conducting the B.B.O.G. Brass Ensemble from 2007 to 2009.
From 2002 to his eighteenth birthday in 2009, Max was an active member of the Boy Scouts of America, and since 2006 has been an active member of Venture Scouts of America. Max served in leadership positions as Senior Patrol Leader 2006-2007, Patrol Leader (2002-2003, 2004-2005), and Bugler (2003-2004, 2007).
Max was also an active member in the German Club at Fremd, and President of the Foreign Exchange Club from 2005-2007. Max also participated in the school's Computer-Aided Drafting/Design (CAD) Club for four years in high school.
In addition to performing with various music ensembles, Max is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, CMENC, the National Education Association, University Swingers, and NSCS at Truman State University. He is also a member of MENSA, the Order of the Arrow, and the National Eagle Scout Association.